I have been on the board of North Beach Citizens for the last two and half years. I chose to get more involved with the organization after seeing so many homeless people on my daily walks with my dog to Washington Square Park and around the neighborhood. What I like about them is that the money you donate goes directly to helping the people you see in and around the neighborhood. And it's not a one-size fits all approach -- they work with each person to figure out what that person needs to get off the street and rebuild their lives. For some, it could mean that they need help getting their birth certificate and I.D. to apply for VA benefits. For others, it may mean helping them re-connect with their family so that they can get help or getting them on the right medication so that they can think clearly. If you want to get involved locally to help solve San Francisco's homeless issues, this is worthy organization to support.
I am a member of the Board of Directors for North Beach Citizens. I have been involved with this organization for over 13 years. I stay active with them because of the extraordinary work that the Executive Director, Kristie Fairchild, has implemented with the homeless population with which she and the staff have contact. Her program is a step-by-step, one-on-one engagement with a "client" in need. It is astoundingly successful. At-risk population receiving life-saving measures. And, for a gratifying experience as a volunteer, one could not ask for more. A great program, supported by a group of board members who are actively engaged with the organization, the programs and the goals, and who find not only personal satisfaction, but profit from being with a group of smart, engaged and helpful individuals who enjoy each other and value the work.
What attracted me to North Beach Citizens is the intensive support that the staff provides homeless and other disadvantaged people to empower them to take back their lives and re-integrate into their San Francisco community. The program is peer-based and community-supported: this means that clients are encouraged to re-connect with family, to make new friends with others who are on the same journey, and to know that they live in a community of neighbors, businesses, nonprofits and service agencies that cares and will work with them wherever they might be in life by understanding their individual needs and addressing them. For one person, this means finding veteran housing that can accommodate a service dog; for another, it's supporting rehabilitation by acquiring a donated violin to renew a beloved avocation; for a family, it means food from the food pantry so they don't have to choose between groceries or electricity. For fifteen years, North Beach Citizens has built a trusted and successful organization that is appreciated and loved by its community.
I am a HUGE fan of this organization! The model treats clients as people and helps them get back on their feet with an individualized plan. The staff believes in creating a community based on trust and confidence. Clients are empowered to improve their lives, but must be truly committed to the process and to change. This program works!
I have been involved with North Beach Citizens for the past couple years and during this time have seen them meaningfully impact the lives of their clients and our community. Christie and her team provide a differentiated service to San Francisco's homeless that is very hands-on and personal. Unlike other services, this approach can lead to their clients transforming their lives and ultimately changing homeless status to housed and employed. I will continue to be involved with this organization and hope for the program's growth and success.
I've been involved with NBC for the last 15 years and have nothing but good things to say about them. They have been very successful in helping a wide range of homeless persons. If more agencies in San Francisco followed their formula, the homeless problem would be much less of a problem. In addition to housing, they give people back their self esteem, confidence and pride in themselves.
For the past several years I have been involved with North Beach Citizens (“NBC”) - a local charity focused on helping the homeless and near-homeless in and around San Francisco. NBC is a fantastic organization, focused on making a meaningful impact on this sadly palpable issue for our city.
While the approach varies widely based on each individual’s needs, the team (of largely volunteers) at NBC helps with everything from guiding the homeless through government systems to gain access to birth certificates, health records, and other necessary documentation, to providing an address and telephone number they can use on job applications, to finding emergency housing for people who are about to lose their homes. They also have a neighborhood beautification program where they actually put people to work – many for the first time in years.
This is an incredible organization making a real difference in the lives they touch.